SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:1 Â¶ Entonces Ahitofel dijo a Absalón: Yo escogeré ahora doce mil hombres, y me levantaré, y seguiré a David esta noche;
Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 17:1 Verse 1. Let me now choose out twelve thousand men] Had this counsel been followed, David and his little troop would soon have been destroyed; nothing but the miraculous interposition of God could have saved them.
Twelve thousand chosen troops coming against him, in his totally unprepared state, would have soon settled the business of the kingdom.
Ahithophel well saw that, this advice neglected, all was lost.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 1. Moreover, Ahithophel said unto Absalom , etc.] Either at the same time, or quickly after he had given the foregoing advice: let me now choose out twelve thousand men : out of those that were with Absalom, which shows their number to be large; and twelve thousand are pitched upon with respect to the twelve tribes of Israel, a thousand from every tribe; Josephus has only ten thousand; and I will arise and pursue after David this night ; he took upon him to be general of the army, as well as a counsellor; or this he said to show how confident he was of the success of his counsel, that if Absalom, or any other, should decline the conduct of the army upon it, as a hazardous attempt, he would undertake it himself; or rather it may be, he was not willing that Absalom should go out in person with the army, not so much for his own safety, as lest through his affection for the king he should spare him, when he fell into his hands, or they two should be reconciled; he proposed to do it that night, partly for expedition, no time being to be lost, and partly for the greater surprise of David and his men.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 1-21 - Here was a wonderful effect of Divine Providence blinding Absalom' mind and influencing his heart, that he could not rest in Ahithophel' counsel, and that he should desire Hushai's advice. But there is n contending with that God who can arm a man against himself, and destro him by his own mistakes and passions. Ahithophel's former counsel wa followed, for God intended to correct David; but his latter counsel wa not followed, for God meant not to destroy him. He can overrule all counsels. Whatever wisdom or help any man employs or affords, the success is from God alone, who will not let his people perish.
Original Hebrew ויאמר 559 אחיתפל 302 אל 413 אבשׁלם 53 אבחרה 977 נא 4994 שׁנים 8147 עשׂר 6240 אלף 505 אישׁ 376 ואקומה 6965 וארדפה 7291 אחרי 310 דוד 1732 הלילה׃ 3915